Sports Grounds Safety Authority Board Members x 2

London, UK
23 Aug 2018
22 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

Vacancy Description
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint 2 members of the SGSA Board to replace current Board Members as their terms of office come to an end.

The SGSA (formerly the Football Licensing Authority) is the UK Government’s expert body on spectator safety at sports grounds. Set up after the Hillsborough disaster, its purpose is to ensure sports grounds are safe for everyone. Every weekend it helps millions of people enjoy watching football and other sports in a safe and secure environment. To achieve this, it works with the 92 football clubs in the Premier League and the Football League, Wembley Stadium and Principality Stadium, as well as local authorities, the Premier League, the Football League and the FA to ensure spectator safety is prioritised. It writes guidance, including the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (“the Green Guide”), and carries out a range of statutory functions in relation to football in England and Wales and advisory functions in relation to other sports both within the UK and internationally.

The SGSA Board has a corporate responsibility for:

  • Ensuring that the SGSA delivers against priorities and targets;
  • Ensuring that high standards of probity and corporate governance are observed at all times;
  • Establishing the overall strategic direction of the SGSA within the policy and resources framework agreed with the Secretary of State;
  • Overseeing the delivery of planned results through the monitoring of performance against objectives and targets;
  • Promoting the efficient use of staff and other resources and optimising revenue-generating opportunities;
  • Assisting the Chair in ensuring that the SGSA fulfils its current responsibilities as defined in the Management Agreement with DCMS; and
  • Assisting the Chair in delivering the SGSA’s statutory objectives. Board Members may also take on additional responsibilities such as membership of the Audit and Risk Committee. Specific qualities and skills sought
  • Person Specification

The successful candidates will ideally have held a position of responsibility in either a commercial organisation, public or sports administration, a relevant area of academia, or the safety or security industries, and will have experience, at a senior level, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Architecture or structural engineering;
  • Previous senior responsibility for safety in the Premier League or English Football League;
  • Relevant public safety research or academic study;
  • The police force, specifically counter-terrorism.

He or she must also be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives of the SGSA, an interest in spectator sport and an awareness of the principles of spectator safety;
  • They are held in high regard by their peers;
  • Some knowledge of the Government’s policies on sports ground safety;
  • The ability to think strategically at board-level and exercise sound judgment;
  • An ability to represent their own area of expertise in the full range of board discussions;
  • An understanding of the challenges of working in/with a small organisation; a team player; supportive as well as challenging; coaching/mentoring style;
  • An awareness of the principles of corporate governance in the Public Sector and of the Seven Principles of Public Life (these appear in the Declaration of Interest).

Additional Information

  • Appointments to the SGSA Board are for three years. Subject to the decision of the Secretary of State, members may be reappointed. Public appointments to the SGSA are made by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in accordance with the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

How to Apply

  • The SGSA welcomes and encourages job applications from people of all backgrounds particularly those currently under-represented on the SGSA Board.

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • Completed OCPA 2017 Monitoring Form and Conflicts of Interests Form.

The deadline for applications is 11pm on 3 September 2018.